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Inaugural Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Generosity

Cameron T. Powers, recipient of the Robert and Patricia Shoff Rambo Scholarship, enjoys a moment with her donor, Patricia Rambo, a retired professor and 1994 Master Teacher honoree.

A celebration of generosity unfolded Sunday afternoon at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s inaugural Scholarship Luncheon. Held in the Field House, the event hosted scholarship donors, student recipients and their families.

Offering a welcome to the guests, Kyle A. Smith, executive director of the Penn College Foundation, thanked donors for their belief and commitment to Penn College’s mission of serving students. In her opening remarks, President Davie Jane Gilmour said, “Your philanthropic commitment provides motivation needed for students to remain focused on their coursework, complete their educational journey and begin a new journey as tomorrow makers in their communities and chosen fields.”

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Artist’s Talk Focuses on Cutting-Edge Collaborations

Rebecca Strzelec

An artist and professor who creates sculptural jewelry with 3-D printing technology will share her insights into cutting-edge collaborations at the next talk in the Technology & Society Colloquia Series at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Art + Engineering = Creative Problem Solving” will be presented by 2016-17 Penn State Laureate Rebecca Strzelec, professor of visual arts and program coordinator of visual art studies at Penn State Altoona, on Tuesday, April 10. The 7 p.m. talk, to be held in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium on the Penn College campus, is free and open to the public.

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Accounting Faculty Share Income Tax Expertise at Thrive

Penn College accounting faculty members Michael D. Shipman (left) and Bob Nolan offer guidance on income tax return preparation at a Thrive International Programs event, held at City Alliance Church in Williamsport.

Pennsylvania College of Technology accounting faculty members recently presented a session on income tax returns – and the assistance available to file them – at Thrive International Programs in Williamsport.

Michael D. Shipman, instructor of business administration/accounting, and Bob Nolan, part-time instructor of accounting, provided an overview of the federal income tax system, who should file an income tax return and why. Shipman and Nolan are also the Penn College site administrators for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a free, IRS-sanctioned service to help the community file personal income tax returns.

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Signups Open for College’s Exciting, Eclectic Summer Camps

An Aviation Camp has been added to the already-captivating roster of fun, interactive and hands-on summer camps that reflect the distinctive career opportunities offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The signup deadline is May 11, for the 11 overnight camps and one day camp. In addition to gaining inspiration to chart their employment path, participants entering grades nine to 12 are eligible for up to $2,000 in tuition assistance should they enroll at Penn College.

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Coed Youth Basketball Camp Runs July 16-19

Girls and boys in grades three to eight are welcome to register for Penn College’s Coed Basketball Day Camp, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16-19 on the college’s main campus in Williamsport. The objective of the camp, under the direction of Wildcat head women’s basketball coach Lauren Healy, is to teach and develop basketball skills, sportsmanship and knowledge in all phases of the game. Each camper will enjoy four days of instruction and competition; youngsters will be grouped according to age and skill level for team play. The cost is $135 per camper. For more information, consult the event flyer: Basketball Camp

Gaelic Goodies

Festively outfitted and wishing "life's many blessings" to all are (from left) Jessica L. Cavanaugh, of Lewistown, a health information management major and substitute dining services worker; and dining services workers Wanda A. Gardner and Janet L. McDermott.

Colored beads aid in the wearin' of the green.

A mouthwatering menu – including chicken in an Irish whiskey cream sauce – awaits diners.

Corned beef: a crucial, cultural ingredient in the holiday's celebration

Enjoying the evening's fare are Natali J. Fargus, an accounting major from Lock Haven, and Matthew A. Jones, of Sellersville, an engineering design technology student.

Irish eyes were smiling – Irish taste buds, too! – when CC Commons hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Buffet on Thursday evening. Dining Services prepared a fitting feast (including Guinness Stew, corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, potato/leek soup and bread pudding), a pool tournament beckoned from nearby tables, and patrons could test their Emerald Isle knowledge with Quizzo.
Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Architecture Grads Discuss Emerging Technology’s Impact, Potential

Balzer engages BE scholars and architectural technology students in the Hager Lifelong Education Center ...

... and joins colleague Richline (left) in effecting a students' virtual-reality experience.

Two alumni employees of Larson Design Group – David I. Balzer (’01, architectural technology), director of retail design, and Ty C. Richline (’13, architectural technology, and ’15, building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration), who leads virtual-reality initiatives for the firm – visited Penn College last week in the second industry presentation for Built Environment Scholars. A roomful of BE Scholars and architecture majors from various academic years attended the presentation on the role of technology in the built environment. The alumni guests showed examples of how technology could be incorporated into client presentations, utilizing augmented realty, virtual reality and 3-D animations. They also provided a demonstration of VR and Oculus goggle sets, immersing students in an interactive virtual environment. Funded through a National Science Foundation grant, the BE Scholars program is designed to increase retention, degree completion and career readiness for students enrolled in the School of Construction & Design Technologies’ two-year majors.
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Penn College Set for Softball, Baseball Home Openers

Late-winter weather took its toll on the only games scheduled for Pennsylvania College of Technology teams last week but, weather permitting, both the baseball and softball teams have their home openers set over the next week.

Last Thursday’s scheduled softball doubleheader at Wilkes University was postponed until April 19. The 5-7 Wildcats now are scheduled to return to action on Wednesday at Susquehanna University and are slated to entertain Potsdam State at 2 p.m. Saturday at Elm Park.

Idle since playing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on March 8, the college’s 3-5 baseball team is set to return to action at noon Sunday at Bowman Field with a twin bill against Lebanon Valley College, and Wildcats coach Chris Howard is excited to return to the historic ballpark.

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Newswatch 16 Visits College’s Brewing/Fermentation Lab

WNEP on campusPenn College’s two-year brewing and fermentation science major, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, attracted the attention of Newswatch 16 on Friday. The ABC affiliate’s Kristina Papa visited the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications for a talk with students Ryan J. Hampton, of Williamsport, and William B. Ernst-Wingfield, of Picture Rocks; as well as Timothy L. Yarrington, instructor of brewing and fermentation science. The segment premiered during WNEP’s 5 p.m. newscast.

Artist’s Aim in Exhibit: Invoking Compassion

Entering the gallery to “Hope and History”

Peck laughs while answering a visitor’s question.

Guests contemplate Peck’s intimate oils.

The artist points out details during her talk.

“Immemorial” (at right) and other works offer a unique world view.

Oil paintings embedded with the intention of stirring compassion were explored by guests at the opening of “Hope and History” Thursday night in The Gallery at Penn College. Artist Judith Peck shared her process and answered questions during the artist’s talk, which drew a sizable crowd of college and community members. Peck’s intimate storytelling on canvas aims to expose our shared humanity, with observations on individual grief and small acts mirroring collective hope and healing. The artist remarked on the beauty of The Gallery space and the welcoming reception she’s received during her visit. “Hope and History” runs through April 18 on the third floor of Madigan Library. The Gallery at Penn College is open 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The gallery is closed Saturdays and Mondays, and will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1.

Horticulture Student Earns Scholarship; Faculty Member Recognized

Scholarship recipient Aaron A. Sledge Jr., a Penn College landscape/horticulture technology major from Pittsburgh, is joined by Daniel Eichenlaub, chair of the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation and president of Eichenlaub Inc., a Pittsburgh-based landscape construction and maintenance firm.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was recently awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation at an event that also shone a spotlight on a faculty member’s longtime commitment to the industry.

Aaron A. Sledge Jr., of Pittsburgh, a second-year student in landscape/horticulture technology: plant production emphasis, was among the honorees at the organization’s Pennsylvania Green Industry Forum and Member Recognition Event at the Hershey Country Club.

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Former Westboro Baptist Church Member to Speak at CAC

Megan Phelps-Roper

Hosted by Lycoming College, Pennsylvania College of Technology and AIDS Resource, Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church, will share her story of self-discovery along with unique insights on the need for understanding and compassion toward others during her presentation, “Empathy for the Other Side: Dialogue that Overcomes Hate, Makes Connections and Changes Minds.”

The presentation, free and open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. March 29 at the Community Arts Center in downtown Williamsport.

Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church, which has gained national attention for its intolerance and public protests against members of the LGBTQ community, the military and countless other groups. She is the granddaughter of the late Fred Phelps Sr., former pastor and founder of the church, and the daughter of Shirley Phelps, one of the church’s more prominent and outspoken figures.

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Penn College Alums Engineer Inspiration at Sight & Sound Theatre

Penn College alums Jeffrey T. Feeman and Franklin N. Carr enhance the experience of thousands of spectators every year at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, which offers the largest faith-based live productions in the United States and is one of the nation’s top three theatrical destinations. Feeman, a 2013 industrial design graduate, serves the theater as a scenic drafter, while Carr, who earned three building construction-related certificates in 2007 and 2008, is a scenic architect. Both are very thankful that their education led to such fulfilling careers. “You know at the end of the day that the show you made, whatever part you had in that show, is eventually changing lives,” Feeman says in a video added to the college’s YouTube channel. “You know at the end of the day that what you are doing does matter.” Co-worker Carr is equally enthusiastic about his Penn College-born career: “Here at the theater, designing it on the computer and seeing it put together in reality up on the shop floor is really cool.”(Watch for more in the Fall 2018 issue of Penn College Magazine.)

Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Thousands of Employment Possibilities Await at Career Fair

There will be 237 employers offering more than 2,730 jobs and internships at Tuesday’s Career Fair, scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Bardo Gymnasium and the Field House. Employers, specifically looking to recruit Penn College students and alumni, are offering thousands of opportunities. Don’t miss your chance to network and learn what internship and job possibilities exist! The Career Fair at Penn College is an event for students and alumni. It is not open to the public. Carefully check the online list of employers, sortable by major, and know at which location they will be located.

*Professional dress is strongly encouraged but not required. Remember: It only takes seven seconds to make a first impression and you want it to be a good one!

A number of employer information sessions will be held throughout Monday, according to this convenient schedule provided by Career Services: Pre-Fair Information Sessions

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